Three people injured and 41 cars damaged on board Condor Vitesse from Weymouth

Three people injured and 41 cars damaged on board Condor Vitesse from Weymouth

Three people injured and 41 cars damaged on board Condor Vitesse from Weymouth

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THREE people were injured and 41 cars were damaged on board a Condor Ferry as it travelled from Weymouth to the Channel Islands.

The incident happened on board the Condor Vitesse on Sunday afternoon as strong winds and rain from ex-hurricane Bertha swept through the English Channel.

Passengers on board were left shaken following the incident and the injuries suffered by the three crew members are only thought to be minor, with the owners of the cars that were damaged now working with the ferry company to get them repaired.

The firm was criticised for sailing in rough conditions on social media and one passenger, Andy Grant, tweeted: “Travelled on the condor 4.30 JSY-GSY-POL. Horrendous journey. Got off at Guernsey, youngest daughter terrified.”

Captain Fran Collins, ports and guest services director of Condor Ferries, said conditions were within the set safety limits.

She said: “Localised, adverse weather conditions during a crossing from Weymouth to the Channel Islands caused minor injuries to three crew members and damage to 41 vehicles on board the Condor Vitesse on Sunday, August 10.

“Items in the duty free and restaurant areas were also affected.

“At the time Vitesse set sail wave heights were within externally set safe limits and this remained the case throughout the journey.

“The vessel was prepared for sea in accordance with all company procedures for heavy weather, however, as the vessel approached the waters around Casquets Lighthouse, a patch of unforeseeable and highly localised high waves developed, aggravated by tidal conditions in the area which cause the vessel to move heavily in the seaway.

“The ship’s Master immediately reduced the vessel’s speed to minimise this but unfortunately some damage had already occurred.”

Captain Collins added: “Safety is always our highest priority and I’d like to thank the crews of all our ships including Condor Vitesse, who worked extremely hard in difficult conditions to make the journey as comfortable as possible for our guests.

“We are working with those passengers whose vehicles were damaged during the crossing to ensure a swift resolution to their claims.”

The vessel was still scheduled to sail between Weymouth and the Channel Islands as usual this afternoon (Monday)

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5:05pm Mon 11 Aug 14

southwellman says...

See now I am cutrrently on a ship in the North sea getting a battering and it is not going to ease.. sea sick.. No just sick of the sea!
See now I am cutrrently on a ship in the North sea getting a battering and it is not going to ease.. sea sick.. No just sick of the sea! southwellman
  • Score: 9

7:13pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Get a grip says...

Vomit comet lives up to its name.
Vomit comet lives up to its name. Get a grip
  • Score: -3

7:23pm Mon 11 Aug 14

angrydorseter says...

If it happened in the journey there isn't a great deal you can do. It's not like it can suddenly stop being a boat because the weather gets bad.
If it happened in the journey there isn't a great deal you can do. It's not like it can suddenly stop being a boat because the weather gets bad. angrydorseter
  • Score: 48

7:35pm Mon 11 Aug 14

arlbergbahn says...

"Criticised on social media for terrifying passengers". Want to bet that people would have been whinging all over Social Media if they'd cancelled sailings and LEFT HUNDREDS OF PASSENGERS STRANDED (as the Dorset Echo would no doubt put it)? Damned if they do, damned if they don't. Still, some nice opportunities for compensation, I'm sure.
"Criticised on social media for terrifying passengers". Want to bet that people would have been whinging all over Social Media if they'd cancelled sailings and LEFT HUNDREDS OF PASSENGERS STRANDED (as the Dorset Echo would no doubt put it)? Damned if they do, damned if they don't. Still, some nice opportunities for compensation, I'm sure. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 76

8:32pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Brinboy says...

"Youngest daughter terrified" - good compensation quote. Come on you No Win No Fee lawyers - get in there. Poor Condor, the sea will always be stronger
"Youngest daughter terrified" - good compensation quote. Come on you No Win No Fee lawyers - get in there. Poor Condor, the sea will always be stronger Brinboy
  • Score: 32

10:40pm Mon 11 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

angrydorseter wrote:
If it happened in the journey there isn't a great deal you can do. It's not like it can suddenly stop being a boat because the weather gets bad.
Very true. Difficult situation all round, it isn't exactly the kind of news they want, especially after the Clipper. Fingers crossed nothing else happens, the new boat arrives and we can draw a line under all this!!
[quote][p][bold]angrydorseter[/bold] wrote: If it happened in the journey there isn't a great deal you can do. It's not like it can suddenly stop being a boat because the weather gets bad.[/p][/quote]Very true. Difficult situation all round, it isn't exactly the kind of news they want, especially after the Clipper. Fingers crossed nothing else happens, the new boat arrives and we can draw a line under all this!! FerryFan
  • Score: 18

8:56am Tue 12 Aug 14

Get a grip says...

This type of craft are only stable when travelling at speed, hence the nick name.
This type of craft are only stable when travelling at speed, hence the nick name. Get a grip
  • Score: 7

10:39am Tue 12 Aug 14

Not_A_Moronic_Thug says...

Women drivers, eh?
Women drivers, eh? Not_A_Moronic_Thug
  • Score: -12

11:27am Tue 12 Aug 14

portlandboy says...

Anyone got an unwanted ticket for the sailing on Sunday just gone please?
I have a dent in my car that I could do with getting sorted.
Anyone got an unwanted ticket for the sailing on Sunday just gone please? I have a dent in my car that I could do with getting sorted. portlandboy
  • Score: -12

12:29pm Tue 12 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Not_A_Moronic_Thug wrote:
Women drivers, eh?
Does it actually say Captain Collins was 'driving'? She is referring to the incident in which the MASTER reduced the speed, indicating it was not her who was in charge at the time, but another person. Maybe she was on the vessel. And even if she was in charge I bet she is far more capable of handling the vessel than you. Unless you are a sea captain with experience of HSCs, which I most certainly do not presume you are.

I suppose you live in a cave somewhere, would seem so by your dated attitude to women.
[quote][p][bold]Not_A_Moronic_Thug[/bold] wrote: Women drivers, eh?[/p][/quote]Does it actually say Captain Collins was 'driving'? She is referring to the incident in which the MASTER reduced the speed, indicating it was not her who was in charge at the time, but another person. Maybe she was on the vessel. And even if she was in charge I bet she is far more capable of handling the vessel than you. Unless you are a sea captain with experience of HSCs, which I most certainly do not presume you are. I suppose you live in a cave somewhere, would seem so by your dated attitude to women. FerryFan
  • Score: 7

12:42pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Get a grip says...

FerryFan wrote:
Not_A_Moronic_Thug wrote:
Women drivers, eh?
Does it actually say Captain Collins was 'driving'? She is referring to the incident in which the MASTER reduced the speed, indicating it was not her who was in charge at the time, but another person. Maybe she was on the vessel. And even if she was in charge I bet she is far more capable of handling the vessel than you. Unless you are a sea captain with experience of HSCs, which I most certainly do not presume you are.

I suppose you live in a cave somewhere, would seem so by your dated attitude to women.
It was a joke.

Not a very good one perhaps but "calm down my dear"
[quote][p][bold]FerryFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Not_A_Moronic_Thug[/bold] wrote: Women drivers, eh?[/p][/quote]Does it actually say Captain Collins was 'driving'? She is referring to the incident in which the MASTER reduced the speed, indicating it was not her who was in charge at the time, but another person. Maybe she was on the vessel. And even if she was in charge I bet she is far more capable of handling the vessel than you. Unless you are a sea captain with experience of HSCs, which I most certainly do not presume you are. I suppose you live in a cave somewhere, would seem so by your dated attitude to women.[/p][/quote]It was a joke. Not a very good one perhaps but "calm down my dear" Get a grip
  • Score: 14

12:49pm Tue 12 Aug 14

sweetdreamgirl says...

For goodness sake even I a female laughed at "woman driver" ,why do some people take gender jokes so personally, get a grip girl.
For goodness sake even I a female laughed at "woman driver" ,why do some people take gender jokes so personally, get a grip girl. sweetdreamgirl
  • Score: 18

2:17pm Tue 12 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

I stand by my comments, thanks last two posters, quite happy with them!!
I stand by my comments, thanks last two posters, quite happy with them!! FerryFan
  • Score: -7

3:33pm Tue 12 Aug 14

notweymouth says...

The firm was criticised for sailing in rough conditions on social media and one passenger, Andy Grant, tweeted: “Travelled on the condor 4.30 JSY-GSY-POL. Horrendous journey. Got off at Guernsey, youngest daughter terrified.”

Well they made the conscious decision to board a ferry when a storm was forecast.
The firm was criticised for sailing in rough conditions on social media and one passenger, Andy Grant, tweeted: “Travelled on the condor 4.30 JSY-GSY-POL. Horrendous journey. Got off at Guernsey, youngest daughter terrified.” Well they made the conscious decision to board a ferry when a storm was forecast. notweymouth
  • Score: 26

5:18pm Tue 12 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Can't have it both ways though - you bet if they hadn't run, then people would be moaning about that. Seeing as they are the only company running ferries there, and HSCs at the moment, there is no choice, no service or an uncomfortable one. Sometimes people HAVE to travel, whether an uncomfortable crossing or not. Maybe the service should have been cancelled, the unforeseeable sea conditions would not have been encountered and nobody would be any the wiser. Instead, they did make the effort to sail, and did encounter problems to which they are now being criticised.

Unfortunately there are those who would rather nitpick on my personal feelings about gender jokes, that seems to be more important, doesn't it, which is rather a shame, but hey, ho, forward we go from here!!
Can't have it both ways though - you bet if they hadn't run, then people would be moaning about that. Seeing as they are the only company running ferries there, and HSCs at the moment, there is no choice, no service or an uncomfortable one. Sometimes people HAVE to travel, whether an uncomfortable crossing or not. Maybe the service should have been cancelled, the unforeseeable sea conditions would not have been encountered and nobody would be any the wiser. Instead, they did make the effort to sail, and did encounter problems to which they are now being criticised. Unfortunately there are those who would rather nitpick on my personal feelings about gender jokes, that seems to be more important, doesn't it, which is rather a shame, but hey, ho, forward we go from here!! FerryFan
  • Score: 0

8:01pm Tue 12 Aug 14

V.T.C. NOTTS says...

notweymouth wrote:
The firm was criticised for sailing in rough conditions on social media and one passenger, Andy Grant, tweeted: “Travelled on the condor 4.30 JSY-GSY-POL. Horrendous journey. Got off at Guernsey, youngest daughter terrified.”

Well they made the conscious decision to board a ferry when a storm was forecast.
We had a similar situation a few years ago when having booked a day trip to Guernsey the weather went from calm & sunny to rough & windy overnight& we were offered sailing on another day or a full refund. We had a refund but some of our family decided to risk it but they had to sign a disclaimer saying they had been warned the trip may be rough.!!
They fully regretted going & we were glad we didn,t as it was a beautiful sunny day in Weymouth while they spent the day feeling ill. Wonder if these passengers had a similar warning.
[quote][p][bold]notweymouth[/bold] wrote: The firm was criticised for sailing in rough conditions on social media and one passenger, Andy Grant, tweeted: “Travelled on the condor 4.30 JSY-GSY-POL. Horrendous journey. Got off at Guernsey, youngest daughter terrified.” Well they made the conscious decision to board a ferry when a storm was forecast.[/p][/quote]We had a similar situation a few years ago when having booked a day trip to Guernsey the weather went from calm & sunny to rough & windy overnight& we were offered sailing on another day or a full refund. We had a refund but some of our family decided to risk it but they had to sign a disclaimer saying they had been warned the trip may be rough.!! They fully regretted going & we were glad we didn,t as it was a beautiful sunny day in Weymouth while they spent the day feeling ill. Wonder if these passengers had a similar warning. V.T.C. NOTTS
  • Score: 6

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